Lazarus #1 by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark
Lazarus #1 by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark

Vanessa G. is a contributor to Stimulated Boredom and co-creator of

It is the most glorious of the days of the week. That would be Wednesday, of course! Your thoughtful band of merrywomen here at G3 have decreed yet another list of comics that YOU SHOULD BE READING.

Some of the titles have made our lists before. That’s because they are consistently enjoyable. Image Comics is pretty much the mayor of that town right now with Saga, Fatale, Prophet, Mara, Morning Glories and Chew reappearing. And we have new affections for Lazarus, Ten Grand and Jupiter’s Legacy. But Marvel also has a few that we can’t stop loving. Fan-favorites Hawkeye, Daredevil and Young Avengers stand-out in the sea of spandex as exceptional. And more recently, Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s X-Men is making its own waves.

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja

Apart from the finale of Batman, Incorporated (which I have been dying to read for years), there are some less lauded titles making an appearance this go round from DC. We’ve got Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara’s The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires and Gail Simone and Freddie Williams’ The Movement. I chose those two, but for very different reasons. We close out our DC selections with another Batman title, but the cute kind in Lil’ Gotham.

Let’s not forget about Dark Horse. E. loves her some Star Wars (there’s Brian Wood, again) and Lindz lives for Akaneiro. The Husbands graphic novel gets a nod as well as Gerard Way’s return to comics with True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Killjoys is Lindsey’s pick, but I totally cosign on that one. The story is super cool and how can you not love Becky Cloonan’s art.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4
True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4

Speaking of Becky Cloonan, her self-published Demeter is breathtaking. I would kick anybody in the shins who said that comic art is low-brow and then hand them this book.

Honorable mentions go to the Marbles graphic novel, Yale Stewart’s always adorable webcomic JL8, Erika’s continuing love affair with Archie in Life With Archie, and last (and certainly not least), Gail’s character-rich Red Sonja.

So, on your way to the comic shop today, consider adding one of these gems to your pull list. If you aren’t quite convinced, ask us what you want to know in the comments section. We’d be more than happy to tell you why YOU SHOULD BE READING these comics! And if we missed anything – tell us that, too.

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  • Great selections! Here are the ones that I am really enjoying and subscribe to, including some of your recommendations, in no particular order:

    Lazarus (incredible across the board)
    Hawkeye (I look forward to every issue…”Pizza Dog” was great)
    Batman (of course)
    Batgirl (of course)
    Superman Unchained (Jim Lee and Snyder, enough said)
    The Justice League (Trinity War arc just started)
    Justice League of America (see above)
    Astro City
    The Wake
    Batman/Superman (Jury is still out, but I want to see where it goes)

  • I think I will check The Wake out in trade, but I am a fan of Sean Murphy, for sure. Have you read his Punk Rock Jesus? Straight up your alley, Dana.

    Keep me posted on how Trinity War goes. I’ll take the cliff notes on that one.

    And yes, Lazarus is excellent. Did you read today’s issue? Love how Rucka draws you in. And Lark’s storytelling in the art is just as powerful. Maybe my new favorite book.

  • Still haven’t read, “Punk Rock Jesus” but plan to on your previous recommendation.

    “Trinity War” is interesting so far and has me bouncing between Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark.

    Of all the ones I am reading, “Hawkeye” is the one that I most eagerly await each month.